Saturday, June 02, 2012

The Blue Birds and Their Orange House

I made this piece for the Alliance for American Quilts.  I have recently joined this group, and decided to make a quilt for their fundraising efforts!  The contest is called Home is Where the Quilt Is.  Even the title is inspiring! It will tour first and then be auctioned off, I think eBay?  You can see more details here.  It is their annual contest with really awesome prizes.  I am dreaming big and keeping my fingers crossed for that grand prize of a Sweet 16!  It could happen, right? Well, here is my entry....
I just LOVE how sweet this little quilt is.  Flag blowing in the breeze, flowers on the front deck.  The baby bird with his mouth open, presumably chirping for food as the parents meet in mid air above him.  It's just sweet and very appealing to me!  Here is my statement about the quilt:

For me, home is all about love and family. In this piece, a pair of blue birds greet each other while their hungry baby chirps below. With a garden deck and a green door, the orange house provides ample room for their family with room to grow!

And, one very special thing about the Alliance is that after you submit your entry, they have you record your own voice reading the artist statement.  I think that's pretty cool!  Also, the Alliance has many other cool projects, one of which is interviews with quilters, Quilter's SOS, Save Our Stories.  The interviews are available for listening, or reading the transcripts.  I recorded one last fall, but it hasn't been transcribed yet.  It was part of a project to record the oral interviews of quilters published in the book Lone Stars III:  A Legacy of Texas Quilts. They interviewed so many of the quilters, that it is taking a while to process them all!  I say the more the merrier!!

detail of the blue bird family
detail of the deck and flowers
my cat, sleeping in front of the birds, lol!


8 comments:

Jamie Fingal said...

I love your contest quilt for the Quilt Alliance! So fun, charming, bright and a winner in my book. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

kathy york said...

Thanks Jamie! That means a lot coming from a former grand prize winner.

Sue Bleiweiss said...

Love those little flower pots!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

So sweet! Love the cat napping under it! haha!

kathy york said...

Sue, thanks! Nice to get a compliment from someone who's work you admire, as in this case!
Victoria, thanks! That's my little Pumpkin Pi!

Susan Tennison said...

Absolutely darling! I am sure you will win! I love my house quilt that you made. I am sure the judges will love this one.

kathy york said...

Thanks Susan! Glad to hear that you are still enjoying your little house quilt!

sewyouquilt2 said...

love the quilt and looks like kitty does too. LOL